Once a Knight is Enough

Knight Genealogy

by Laura Knight

1850 Federal Census


Census Records from Images provided by USA National Archives and Records Administration. Washington D.C. extracted by myself from images on ancestry.com

I've extracted what limited information was available from each source and households (HH) are separated by double asterisks thus: ** and the name of the Head of Household (HH) on the record is in bold for ease of finding. I've gone over this several times, trying to catch all errors, but I can't guarantee that there are none; I just do my best at any moment. Also, as noted elsewhere, for ease of search/finding, I've most often converted names to the modern spelling and have frequently included how the name appears in the record and/or how the transcriber rendered it: (text: Knite, trans: Kite). Also note that I have excluded Northern State Knights. If someone else wants to collect the Northern Knights and arrange them as I have so I don't have to do any extra work, I'll be very happy to include them and give credit where it is due.

At this point, the censuses are getting much longer and it has become impossible for one person to comb through the records with the thoroughness I would like; I do have a life outside of genealogy. Obviously, I focus more intensely on those areas where I know VA Knights moved to, but still, the population is growing fast and I can't guarantee exhaustive coverage though I am doing my best. In some of the newly settled areas, the censuses are still mercifully short and in some cases, I covered the entire sheet. When that is the case, I put the word "ENTIRE" at the end of the list. In this census, I haven't done Pennsylvania as I have been doing up to this point and the whole census, in general, has not been scoped out as thoroughly as earlier ones. I'll get it done and added eventually. I think there is enough here to keep a few people busy; it's very long as it is.

This is the first census that lists every household member by name, age, and where born. It's not 100% accurate, as is sometimes shown, but it's a darn good start. In my opinion, it should be illegal to mess with the effort to obtain pure demographic information in a census.


1850 – IA Jackson Van Buren – Federal Census -  **  Blythin S. Knight, 49, laborer, ME; Susan Knight, 31, VA.

1850 – IA Jones Clay – Federal Census -  **  William C. Knight, 45, farmer, CT; Eleanor Knight, 44, PA; James H. Knight, 21, Farmer, IN; Adam Knight 19, farmer, IN; Joseph Knight, 16, farmer, IN; Alpheus Knight, 13, IN; William A. Knight, 10, IN; Eliza J. Knight, 8, IA; Silas W. Knight, 3, IA.  **  Johnson Knight, 23, farmer, IN; Anna Knight, 22, IN; William C. Knight, 2, IA; George W. Knight, 1, IA.

1850 – IA Louisa Fredonia – Federal Census -  **  William Blake, 38, farmer, VA; Mary A. M. Blake, IA; Virginia Blake, 7, IA; William P. Blake, 4, IA; Samuel Blake, 10 mo, IA; Eliza Knight, 30, IN; Asa Knight, 4, IN; Charlotte Knight, 1, IA; Mary Blake, 82, NC.  **  (adj) John Britt, 28, farmer, KY; Permelia Brigg, 28, ILL; Nancy Britt, 4, IA; Sarah Britt, 1, IA; Robert Britt, 3 mo, IA; Asa Knight, 35, IN.  (skip Morris Britt, 26, KY, fam and next is)  **  Curtis Knight, 41, farmer, NH; Nancy Knight, 31, MA; Alonzo Knight, 6, IA.

1850 – IA Lucas Dist 13 – Federal Census -  **  Allen W. Knight, 24, farmer, VA; Mary Knight, 27, IN.  **  Christian Wetter, 25, farmer, Switzerland, Mary Wetter, 36, OH; Hannah Knight, 16, IL; Lewis Knight, 14, IL; Thomas Salisbury, 10, IL; Isaac Salisbury, 7, MO; John Salisbury, 4, MO; Nancy Salisbury, 2, IA. ENTIRE

1850 – IA Monroe Dist 13 – Federal Census -  **  Westley Knight, 48, farmer, MO; Lucy Knight, 49, KY; John Knight, 20, farmer, IN; Elizabeth Knight, 17, IN; Elijah Knight, 16, farmer, IN; George Knight, 14, IN’ Martha Knight, 12, IN; Richard Knight, 10, IN; Minerva Knight, 8, IN.  **  John H. Knight, 42, farmer, MD; Marenda Knight, 32, KY; Jonathan Knight, 11, IN; William Knight, 10, IN; Thomas Knight, 7, IN; Sarah Knight, 4, IN; Josephine Knight, 1, IN.

1850 – IA Muscatine Moscow – Federal Census -  **  Samuel Knight, 52, farmer, PA; Rachel Knight, 42, IN; Joseph Knight, 16, IN; William Knight, 14, IN; Sandford Knight, 12, IL; David Knight, 8, IL; Lavinia Ransford, 1, IL.

1850 – IA Van Buren Bonaparte – Federal Census -  **  John B. Knight, 37, mason, NY; Catherine Knight (trans: Efferimer), 33, NY; Wesley Knight, 12, NY; Mary Knight, 4, IA; Elizabeth Stires, 11, IA.

1850 – IA Van Buren Farmington – Federal Census -  **  Stewart Knight, 22, laborer, NY; Walter Knight, 19, laborer, NY; both in boarding house owned by Isaiah Meek, 29, merchant, OH.

1850 – IA Van Buren Harrisburg – Federal Census -  **  William Knight, 40, farmer, PA; Nancy Knight, 40, PA.

1850 – IA Van Buren Jackson – Federal Census -  **  John Knight, 46, farmer, DE; Rebecca Knight, 37, DE; Dill Knight, 15, IA; Ann Knight, 12, IA; Elizabeth Knight, 7, IA; Martha Knight, 5, IA; Mary Knight, 2, IA.

1850 – IA Van Buren Union – Federal Census -  **  Volney Knight, 28, wagon maker, NY; Adaline Knight, 25, NY; Willard Knight, 2, IA.

1850 – IA Van Buren Vernon – Federal Census -  **  Joel Knight, 42, farmer, England; Cornelia Knight, 33, PA; Plutarch Knight, 13, MA; Seneca Knight, 12, IA; Jefferson Knight, 7, IA; Lucy Knight, 5, IA; Almira Knight, 1, IA; Eliza Myers, 23, Germany; Eliza Myers, 1, IA.

1850 – IA Wapello Dist 13 – Federal Census -  **  Curtis Knight, 70, farmer, MD; Hannah Knight, 61, VA; Isaac Knight, 22, farmer, OH; Eli Peoples, 28, farmer, PA.  **  (adj) David Knight, 38, farmer, OH; Evaline Knight, 36, OH; Josephine Knight, 15, OH; Hannah Knight, 11, OH; Matthew Knight, 9, OH; Curtis Knight, 7, OH; Nancy Knight, 5, IA; John Knight, 2, IA.  **  William Knight, 41, farmer, OH; Nancy Knight, 43, VA; Cordelia Knight, 13, OH; Andrew Knight, 9, OH; Celena Knight, 5, IA; Hiram Chase, 21, farmer, VA; John Turner, 16, farmer, IN.  **  Friend A. Knight, 24, farmer, OH; Martha Knight, 20, TN.  **  Rhoda Knight, 19, OH, in HH of Archibald O. Russell, 39, farmer, VA and Mary Russell, 29, OH.  **  George W. Knight, 75, miller, PA, in HH of John Pardee, 57, minister, England; and Susannah Pardee, 61, TN

1850 – IA Winneshiek – Federal Census -  **  Moses McMoiney, 62, ship carpenter, NY; Benjamin Knight, 28, farmer, NC; Elizabeth Knight, 32, NC; Sarah Knight, 9, NC; Charity Knight, 5, NC; Henry Knight, 3, NC; Daniel Knight, 5 mo., NC.


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